Surprising as it may seem being from England and all, this little study unit was extremely hard to put together for Livvy! You see England has such an amazing wealth of history; the monarchy, architecture, literature music etc. etc. trying to whittle it down to something that a four year old would a) understand and b) enjoy has been a complete challenge!!!
However, I got there eventually and what you find in this post are the tools to create the same project day with your little ones 🙂 Unlike the South Africa blog post that I wrote a month or so ago this one is more step-by-step…I have only included what we covered, no “general” information about the wonders of England!
I hope you enjoy!
How to begin… 😉
As we all know England has a wealth of richness surrounding the monarchy, so to begin we looked at the idea that the country (and that of the United Kingdom as a whole) has been and is currently ruled by kings and queens. I found a wonderful little Nursery Rhyme game to play with Livvy based on Humpty Dumpty. We had to first sing the nursery rhyme then using worksheets that I printed out (resource list at the bottom of the blog post!) we had to put the rhyme into the right order! FUN!!! stea This not only is great in getting kiddie winkles to consciously think about the order of stories but also is a fab way to introduce them to rhyming words 🙂 Next as part of the same game we had to fill in the blank rhyming words at the end of each sentence…Livvy loved this 🙂
The link below will take you to the official site of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, brilliant to look at our ruling queen 🙂 (I have to add a huge thank you to a dear friend and Homeschooling Mum Bev, without her I wouldn’t have even have thought about showing Livvy this website!)
Making A Crown
You know, our voyage into the world of kings and queens wouldn’t be complete without having made our very own crown – upon which Livvy lavished with such love 🙂
You Will Need
Yellow Card (thick paper)
Glue (pritt stick or pva will do!)
Gold tissue paper
Gems and sequins
How To Make
- Measure the card so that it fits around your child’s head (you may, like us, need to use two bits of card and tape them together!)
- Next cut zig-zags into the top of the card for a jagged crown effect
- Let you little one go nuts decorating the crown however he or she wants!
- Afix tape to the crown so that it fits on your little ones head
- Job done – a fabulous crown that people from all over the land will admire 😉
OK, so we have looked at the monarchy, made a beautiful crown, now for a bit of geography! I found a great colouring printable worksheet of England that Livvy loved colouring-in, then we discussed where London is, England’s climate (and how it is different from the climate here in South Africa), the national language and how there are many different cultures and languages that are spoken in England these days…looking at the map of England we discussed where I (mummy) has lived – which is a fair few places in the southern part of England!!..and we stumbled on Cornwall….well that brings us nicely onto our next little subject area – food!!!
Our look at the world project would not be complete if we did not make something quintessentially English…. So with much deliberation (on my part!) as what to make we settled on Cornish Pasties 🙂 I would like to say – despite popular belief, these are super easy to make and super scrummy to boot!! I did cheat and used frozen short-crust pastry bought form the supermarket – purely due to a time issue – normally I make my own pastry – but this shop bought stuff is great for kiddies to use 🙂
So you may want to thaw your frozen pastry over night in the fridge (I forgot and had to do it in the morning – just left out in the kitchen 😉 )
400g Frozen Short-crust pastry
2 Small turnips
2 baby courgettes
1 Teaspoon thyme (dried or fresh)
Salt and Pepper
How To Make
- Pre-heat oven 200 ºC
- Chop all your filling ingredients into 1cm cubes and put into a bowl sprinkle with some thyme, a small amount of salt and pepper and a little olive oil, set aside
- Roll out your pastry and divide into roughly 6 pieces
- Take one of your pastry pieces and spoon some of the filling into the centre of the pastry
- Brush the outer edges of the pastry with egg and fold over
- Now for the fun bit! You can take a fork and press down on the edges of the pastry case or if you want to be a bit more fancy-pancy you can twist the edges of the pastry 🙂
- Brush egg over the outside of the un-cooked pastry, this will give it a beautiful golden colour when it is cooked
- Cook in your pre-heated oven for around 30-35 minutes
Phew! after all that cooking we were ready for a nice sit down..what a brilliant time to introduce my little literature section of our England project! Now, this really was a difficult part, for England has such rich literature all I wanted to do was submerse us in Shakespeare…but no, remembering I am teaching a beautiful four year old I needed something a little more, umm, child-ish 😉 So I originally thought Whinnie The Pooh, but wait a minute, we read a lot Pooh Bear related stuff, so that wasn’t quite right, then I thought a bit harder and Paddington Bear came to mind – yes! That would do nicely!! OK, so Paddington himself isn’t actually from England, he’s from the darkest Peru, but, he was found by Mr and Mrs Brown on Paddington Train Station, London – yes that would work very well indeed!! Livvy loved it!! (and we are actually still reading the book!) She has dressed her bears up as Paddington and has loved drawing her own Paddington pictures!!
Below in the resources section of the blog is a link to the most wonderful website dedicated to Paddington Bear, it has on line games, printable coloring pages and activities and even a Paddington Bear inspired board game you can download and print out – for FREE!!
So there you have it a cute little unity study looking at England suitable for a 4-5 year old!!
Please feel free (as with all of my posts!) to ask any questions you may have 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Where we shall be going on our next “our world” adventure I do not know… it will have to be a surprise!!!! 😀
- Humpty Dumpty downloadable/printable worksheets: www.teachingideas.co.uk/earlyyears/files/humptydumpty.ppt
- England coloring page: http://www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/rhymes/pussycat/bposter-london.gif
- England Flag coloring page: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/england_flag_printables.htm
- Paddington Bear Website: http://www.paddingtonbear.com/makeanddo.html
- The history of the humble Cornish Pasty: http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/cornish-pasty-historical-information/
- Just in case you misses it at the top of the blog, the link to the British Monarchy Website: http://www.royal.gov.uk/